Dennis Skinner tells Jeremy Hunt to ‘Wipe that smirk off his face’ over junior doctors’ strike

Last Updated: April 25, 2016By


One quick addition: When Hunt said a trade union should not “veto” a manifesto promise the British people want, he was correct. But that’s not what is happening here.

Firstly, only a minority of the British electorate voted for the Conservative Party – less than a quarter – so it is vastly overstating the case to suggest that the British people voted for the manifesto promise he mentions.

Second, what was the promise, exactly? It was to provide a seven-day-a-week NHS by 2020. Doctors striking now won’t “veto” that promise. In fact, negotiating with the doctors is likely to make that outcome more likely.

But Jeremy Hunt won’t get what he wants by smirking while he lies to us all about what he is doing.

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of “reveling” in taking on junior doctors ahead of a planned two-day NHS strike rather than seeking a solution.

Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner told the health secretary he had a “smirk and arrogance” about him that “almost betrays the fact that he is delighted” in the conflict.

Speaking in the Commons, Skinner said Hunt should restart talks today to resolve the dispute and “wipe that smirk off his face” and “get down to some serious negotiations”.

“He comes in here to try and blame the Opposition for what’s taking place. This strike can only be caused by two sides. One are the junior hospital doctors and the other side is the government.

“He is almost giving the impression that he is reveling in standing up to the junior hospital doctors. Start negotiating now and sort the matter out.”

Hunt used his appearance in the Commons to appeal directly to junior doctors not to take strike action that will see them stop offering emergency care for the first time ever.

“No trade union has a right to veto a manifesto promise voted for by the British people,” he said.

Source: Dennis Skinner Tells Jeremy Hunt To ‘Wipe That Smirk Off Your Face’ Over Junior Doctors Strike

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  1. Terry Davies April 25, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    how many people who voted in the last election know what was in the tory manifesto? Is there any tories who read this have the courage to admit they read the manifesto and still support them and Hunts blatantly sexist contract for junior Doctors. ? if not are you too cowardly to respond and justify your support for the tory party.

  2. Michael Broadhurst April 25, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    this scum of a govt dont half try to twist words dont they ?
    why is it that, when in govt the selfservatives ALWAYS have pick a fight with someone,
    and victimise a section of the community,in this case the fight with the junior doctors and victimising the sick,disabled and unemployed.
    in the witch’s case it was the miners and manufacturing industry.
    selfservatives are no good for this country. out out out with the lying,thieving,murdering lot of them.

  3. Thomas April 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I don’t like this government at all but; is it right that innocent patients should suffer when it was not their fault?

    • Mike Sivier April 26, 2016 at 12:45 am - Reply

      You’re absolutely right, and I hope you have written to Jeremy Hunt, demanding to know why he is inflicting this suffering on innocent patients by unreasonably refusing to negotiate with the BMA.

    • Tony Dean April 26, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Patients will suffer under a privatised NHS, (if they can afford to be patients,) and that is what Hunt wants, a privatised NHS.

  4. Nick April 26, 2016 at 12:10 am - Reply

    hunt will never win that you can be assured of
    you cant rough ride educated people wherever they are in the world
    they will just leave the country simple as that and good luck to them

  5. Thomas April 26, 2016 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Hunt wants them to strike so he can justify privatizing the NHS.

  6. David April 26, 2016 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Brilliant, Denis. But why doesn’t somebody tell mispronounced to get a decent hair cut instead of trying ape Tin Tin.

  7. casalealex April 26, 2016 at 8:21 am - Reply

    “The Seven Day Week”:
    I was ten when NHS began, and I do not recall NHS only working a five day week. Were patients sent home for the weekend? Did ambulances not respond to emergencies cos staff ‘rested’ at weekends? Were women plugged to stop giving birth? Did operations stop midway at 5.00pm Fridays? The mind just boggles at how this stupid bloke can even put his name to this statement.

    Intransigent Jeremy *unt is the personification of the ruthless and warped ideology of Tory megalomaniacs.

  8. Gail Hughes April 26, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

    If the conservatives made a manifesto commitment, then it is up to them to carry it out. If that requires the agreement of the NHS staff then it is incumbent upon the conservative government to make sure they are offering terms and conditions of employment that ensure they have sufficient staff to meet the requirements of fulfilling their manifesto commitment. It was the conservatives who made the commitment, not the junior doctors.

  9. mrmarcpc April 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    This scumbag of a government has really made a right mess of everything but what else would you expect from a tory government, common sense?!
    CHunt has made a balls up of this from the start and will end it in a mess too unless he’s removed for this situation is only going to get worse!

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